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Cambridge police adding bomb sniffing dogs after Marathon attack

Cambridge police Sergeant E.J. Frammartino worked with his 22-month-old Labrador retriever, Dixie. Observing at right is MBTA Transit Police Officer Stacy Cassetta. If Dixie stays on task, her reward is a tennis ball.
Cambridge police Sergeant E.J. Frammartino worked with his 22-month-old Labrador retriever, Dixie. Observing at right is MBTA Transit Police Officer Stacy Cassetta. If Dixie stays on task, her reward is a tennis ball.Credit: Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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He’s earned the nickname Crazy” Kevin for his sometimes wild antics, but when the 22-month-old Labrador retriever loped into a training facility in Arlington Wednesday, he quickly got to work searching for bombs.

Guided by his handler, Cambridge police Patrol Officer Stephen Lyons, Kevin circled a parked Ford Crown Victoria, crouched underneath to get a whiff, sniffed around the tires and then detected explosive materials at the door and immediately did what he is being trained to do—he sat.

“Good boy!” said Lyons, and rewarded the dog with a toy while fellow training officers cheered.

Kevin, tail wagging, got too excited by the praise and bolted across the room for a can of tennis balls that he knocked over.

The training may still be a work in progress, but Kevin and fellow Labrador retriever Dixie are well on their way to joining a new, full-time bomb squad that the Cambridge Police Department decided to assemble in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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